According to the Energy Storage Association (ESA), the national grids of
With plans to increase the supply of renewable wind energy, the ESA states that electricity supply must match demand in order to balance the system. The organisation claims that if adequate energy storage and supply facilities are not put in place, blackouts may be possible within the next 10 years.
The government has made arrangements for reserve power. However, these will need to be adapted in the coming years as various forms of renewable energy become integrated into the system.
The ESA called on the
Brad Roberts, chairman of the ESA, told a meeting of 90 delegates from across the European Commission (EC) that Europe needs to follow the lead of the
According to Roberts, the
Graeme Bathurst, technical director of energy consultancy, TNEI, said: ‘To develop a system that can cope with a higher proportion of renewable energy we must consider the entire system and its impact on society and then develop better ways of managing it. A system level perspective is crucial to addressing these issues, which all too often get bogged down at the individual project level.’